Forget Mateusz Klich, Yassine Ayoub is the Eredivisie ace who'd transform Leeds' midfield

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds' two summer signings from Holland have struggled but FC Utrecht midfielder and Fulham target Yassine Ayoub is on another level.

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Victor Orta’s transfer dealings looked pretty inspired at the start of the season when Leeds United were unbeaten with six clean sheets in a row. On the back of a run of six defeats in seven games, however, questions are inevitably now being asked of the director of football.

Fans are justifiably asking why Orta prioritised little known imports with next to no experience of English football, let alone a gruelling 46-game Championship season.

Therefore, if Leeds were to join Fulham in the race for Yassine Ayoub, you can expect fans to once again vent their frustration at Orta’s transfer policy.

Yassine Ayoub of Utrecht and Riechedly Bazoer of Ajax battle for the ball during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Utrecht and Ajax Amsterdam held at Stadion Galgenwaard on April 5,...

FC Utrecht midfielder Ayoub, after all, has never played a game on English shores. And with Mateusz Klich and Jay-Roy Grot underwhelming since moving to West Yorkshire from The Netherlands, there would be plenty of suspicion surrounding the Dutch Under-21 international Ayoub.

A level above

Yet, the 23-year-old is simply on another level to Klich and Grot. Ayoub has been one of the standout players in the Eredivisie over the last three seasons and possesses a number of qualities that Leeds are crying out for.

A diminutive schemer in the mould of David Silva, Ayoub combines the vision and creativity of a Pablo Hernandez with energy and youth. He may have set up just one goal directly for Utrecht in 2017/18 but the former Ajax youth is frequently the assist-to-the-assist – providing the intelligent, perfectly weighted through ball that kicks off a goalscoring move.

Leeds United's Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester City and Leeds United at...

HITC sources told us that Fulham have been scouting Ayoub all season – but Leeds’ lack of creativity or subtlety from central midfield positions should encourage Orta to visit his Holland hunting ground once again.

This time, however, Ayoub could be the difference maker a struggling Leeds need.

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